Thursday, July 03, 2008

Thursday Thirteen #66: Patriotic Quotes

In celebration of American Independence Day (July 4), here are thirteen quotes about patriotism.


The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them.
~Patrick Henry (1736-1799)

[P]atriotism... is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime.
~Adlai Stevenson

A man's country is not a certain area of land, of mountains, rivers, and woods, but it is a principle; and patriotism is loyalty to that principle.
~George William Curtis

If our country is worth dying for in time of war let us resolve that it is truly worth living for in time of peace.
~Hamilton Fish

Where liberty dwells, there is my country.
~Benjamin Franklin

Oh, it's home again and home again, America for me!
I want a ship that's westward bound to plough the rolling sea
To the blessed land of Room Enough beyond the ocean bars,
Where the air is full of sunlight and the flag is full of stars.
~Henry Van Dyke

This country will not be a good place for any of us to live in unless we make it a good place for all of us to live in.
~Theodore Roosevelt

Off with your hat, as the flag goes by!
And let the heart have its say;
you're man enough for a tear in your eye
that you will not wipe away.
~Henry Cuyler Bunner

We on this continent should never forget that men first crossed the Atlantic not to find soil for their ploughs but to secure liberty for their souls.
~Robert J. McCracken

Each man must for himself alone decide what is right and what is wrong, which course is patriotic and which isn't. You cannot shirk this and be a man. To decide against your conviction is to be an unqualified and excusable traitor, both to yourself and to your country, let men label you as they may.
~Mark Twain

Patriotism does not oblige us to acquiesce in the destruction of liberty. Patriotism obliges us to question it, at least.
~Wendy Kaminer

When an American says that he loves his country, he means not only that he loves the New England hills, the prairies glistening in the sun, the wide and rising plains, the great mountains, and the sea. He means that he loves an inner air, an inner light in which freedom lives and in which a man can draw the breath of self-respect.
~Adlai Stevenson

When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.
~Thomas Jefferson

Happy 4th of July!

Links to other Thursday Thirteens:

Shelley Munro * Tempest Knight/Cassandra
Jennifer McKenzie * Stephanie Sullivan * Paige Tyler
Stephanie Secrest * Nina Pierce * Kaige
Ms Menozzi * Adelle Laudan * Phoebe Jordan
Ava Rose * Janice Seagraves

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Shelley Munro said...

People say some very profound things. And true! Happy 4th July :)

Jennifer McKenzie said...

That last one is awesome! I love these, Heather.

Stephanie Sullivan said...

God bless America! I love these. Happy 4th! *hugs*

Anonymous said...

Great quotes! I really liked the Jefferson one.

Cassandra said...

Mark Twain was wise beyond measure.


Heather said...

Shelley~ They do indeed, don't they? *g*

Jennifer and smitsp~ Isn't that Jefferson quote awesome? Perfect as we head into the fall election, too!

Cassandra~ Yes, he was. Gotta love Mark Twain!

Stephanie~ Thanks Stephanie! Happy 4th!

Adelle said...

Your Canadian neighbor here, wishing you a happy 4th of July!

Jaded said...

those are really great! and all so very true! Happy 4th!

Colleen said...

What a nice tribute!

Howdy to another WI blogger! (Didn't know there were any bloggers outside of Nashville! :O)

Journeywoman said...

Great list. My mother loved Adelai Stevenson.

shae-shae said...

Great quotes! Have a wonderful holiday.

Phoebe Jordan said...

Happy T13! I love your list it's very imaginative and informative too. Happy 4th of July! Hope to see you at my 8th edition about Michele Bardsley at Talk About My Favorite Authors blog.

Ava Rose Johnson said...

Very, very inspiring post!

Paige Tyler said...

Great TT!


My TT is at

Heather said...

Adelle~ Thank you - I hope you had a great Canada Day!

Colleen~ Howdy, "neighbor"! Thanks for visiting!

Jaded, Journeywoman, Shae-shae~ Thanks you and thanks for stopping by!

Thanks Phoebe Paige and Ava!

Nichole Ellis said...

Awesome quotes! Great topic! Thanks so much for sharing.